Indian Passport Renewal, Re-issue–Required Documents, Process. NO Need for Agent.

by Kumar · 83 comments

Many of us have lot of questions regarding Indian passport renewal (it is called re-issue by passport seva kendra, read note below) like below.

  • Do I need Police verification letter
  • Do I need  to get an affidavit from notary
  • Do I need to get a letter from someone like SP, District Collector, Military Officer
  • Would I need an agent for renewal ? I don’t know the process

So many other questions…In fact, I had the same set of questions. Recently, I had my passport renewed/ re-issued at Hyderabad Passport office. Let me share my experience and some insights.

Note: “Renewal and Re-issue are used interchangeably in the article. There is subtle difference. The term renewal is used, if you have a passport with Short Validity Passport (SVP) and you are applying for extending the same. In that case, you will still be getting a new book. Unlike, Re-issue relates to exhaustion of pages, passport reaching the end of 10 year validity. The below experience is for Re-issue, but I have used to the terms interchangeably”

Background :  My passport is set to expire in under 6 months and I have renewed the passport before expiry.  Set of documents may vary , if expired passport…nevertheless, the process should not change.

Step by Step Process for Indian Passport Renewal / Re-issue:

1.       Register Online at Passport Seva Website :

All you need to do is go online and register yourself at the Passport Seva Website . You will be asked to enter some basic Information regarding your current address, if any changes to your current status like Marriage, if you would like to add your spouse name, etc.  Just enter the details and save it.

2.       Book a Slot or Walk –in :

You will asked to book a slot right after you register. You can do that using the option.  You can only book slots when they open. Depending on the Passport Seva Kendra the timings will vary. For Hyderabad, the slots open at 4 PM.  You need to visit Passport Seva Kendra Slot Open timings Webpage to get the most updated information.    Just search online on the passport seva Kendra page.   Typically for renewal/ re-issue, if you do NOT get a slot, do NOT worry. You can walk-in to a passport seva Kendra between  9 and 11 AM for Hyderabad PSK.  This information and time can vary by passport seva Kendra. You need to check the website for details. In fact,  I got this information when I went to the passport office to get some background information.    There is a misconception that walk-in appointments are only for Tatkal, but that is not true for renewals.

3.       Identify the list of documents :

You have a nice step by step guide to help you identify the list of documents that you need for your passport renewal. If you go to the home page and click on list of documents required under the section of renewal / re-issue, you will get a form to select options. Based on options it will show the list of documents that you need.  These are the documents you will need. NO Additional documents are required. In fact, I called the customer support as well and they said the same list and my experience at Passport seva Kendra says the same.  You do NOT require additional documents.  Do NOT listen to others.


List of documents for Indian Passport Renewal / Re-issue

  •  You must print out the online form that you printed out with the Application Reference number ( ARN ) and carry with you. It is mandatory to have this document with you.


Same Address as in your Old Passport

  • You do NOT need anything other than photo copy of your passport first page, last page and the page with ECNR info. You will do self-attestation ( your own signature)
  • You may carry current address proof like a utility bill or Bank statement or Voter card, etc… see below for some of those documents.
  • If you would like to add your spouse name, carry original and photo copy of your marriage certificate. It is required.

Change in Address – Different one from your Old passport address

  • Just like above,  first, last and ECNR page photo copy with self attestation
  • Address proof of change in address – Any one of the below is acceptable.
    • Any one of the  Utility bills like Water, Telephone, Electricity Bills –  You need at least for 2 months  of which one should be of current year and other should be of previous year.
    • Proof of gas connection.
    • Ration Card with address .
    • Bank Statement  for 1 year, Passbook of the bank account with address on it.
    • Any of the cards like Adhar card, Voter ID, etc.

There are other set of documents that you can get off the website. The above are very common ones.

 4.  Go to Passport Seva Kendra 

If you have got a slot, go at that exact time or 15 min before, no need to go there and sweat.  If you would like to walk-in, thats even better. I did a walk-in without any appointment. It went fine.   All the details about process in  PSK will be described in next article.

Do I need a Passport Agent  ?  What value do they add ?

Well, first thing that comes to our mind is do I need an agent to get my passport renewed.  Honestly, it is not required. Things have changed quite a bit and the process has been streamlined. You do NOT need an agent.  There are many stories that agent might say to you like I will get you slot, etc…but, the fact is that you do NOT need an agent. If you go online at the time they say as mentioned in website, you should be fine.  They go out in first 30 min or so.  But, typically for re-issue or renewal you do not need one. You can directly walk-in to the passport seva Kendra in the specified time.

Check out the next article,  exact Process at a Passport Seva Kendra and some key pointers .


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Kandan July 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I am kandan, now My passport Renewel date was Expiry at 2 years above , now what i will do pls reply,


subash July 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

hello sir,

my dads passport got expired 10 years before so i wanted to apply for re-issue so wat should i do and what for police verification and also address in old passport is changed we r staying in new address.


Parthiban July 22, 2014 at 12:09 am

My passport last date is 28th july may i know before or after how many days should i renew my passport kindly reply…


bharani July 23, 2014 at 1:49 am

Its better you right away start the renewal process..instead of waiting for the expiry date..


Sachin July 15, 2014 at 11:47 am


For current address proof – will airtel landline bill work ?
I’m staying at current address on rent for more than 1 year.

Electricity , water and gas connections are in the name of my landlord.

This is the only document I think will work for me is the Airtel Landline which is in my name – rest wont work as I work in pvt company, no pubic ltd bank account and all other ID proofs (aadhar, income tax return) are for my permanant address which is a different city.

Pls advise.


mani June 25, 2014 at 2:55 am

i have ecr passport.
But iam a BE holder. Now can i change my passport ecnr


hema gupta June 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

my passport has six months for expiring its been nine years for marriage but we don’t have marriage certificate & now for one year my husband has gone aboard so can i apply without marriage certificate or what is the alternate for that


bharani July 23, 2014 at 1:54 am

Mrg cert is needed…. and if you wanna fly abroad on ur husbandas visa .. he sld add ur name as spouse in his passport as per visa rules i know..


Raghunath June 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

Sir, i applied fresh passport recently and documents verification in passport office done successfully but coming to problem i mentioned permanent and present address same but now i want to change my present address so please can you tell me the process for changing my present address and required documents for that..


Kunal June 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I lost my passport which is expired 5 years back. I do not have any detaisl about the passport. I have visited the RPO but with no outcome.
I need to travel abroad immediately . Please advice.


k k sharma June 2, 2014 at 6:36 am

my passport expired in August 2012, I want new urgently, it will be renew or new passport ?, my address has changed please advise me


k k sharma June 2, 2014 at 6:40 am

my passport expired in August 2012, I want new urgently, it will be renew or new passport ?, my address has changed please advise me


Gunwant Patil June 1, 2014 at 6:29 am

My passport will be expiring in November 2014, can I apply now for renewal because in September I need to go Indonesia. .but they ask for 6 month validity. Again my address & family information is same.Does there is need for police verification again.? I recently returned from Vietnam in March. So kindly advice please..


praveen June 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

One can apply for re-issue of passport in case -due to expire before 1 year. You need to check the appropriate raeson as given on line on gov. website.Beleive me if you have all the documents, its just a matter of time to get a nw one.I got my passport in flat 3 days in case of reissue.


Gunwant June 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Thanks dear Praveen…your guidance will help me


NageswaraRao Pagadala May 17, 2014 at 6:59 am

Hello Dis Nageswararao Pagadala i have given permanent and present adders same but right now i am staying in Bangalore can i pay any charges let me know .


SATDEV PRASAD June 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

Dear Sir,

I want to add my wife name in passport, please advise me what document need to you. my passport issue before marred. I need to add renewal time.



Indiguy June 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Marriage certificate.


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